Jacks Stung by Bees in Marathon Shootout
McALLEN, TX - It took a 16-round shootout, but the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees eventually topped the Odessa Jackalopes for a 5-4 win on Friday night at State Farm Arena.
Rio Grande Valley's Brett Wilson was credited with the game-winning goal after he scored in the 16th round on a spin move at the top of the goal crease. Juliano Pagliero stopped Jeff Pierce to clinch the win for the Bees, who won the shootout by a 3-2 tally.
Pierce scored the goal that forced overtime when he buried a wrist shot from the left circle for an Odessa power play goal that tied the game with four minutes remaining in regulation.
Odessa's Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu started the game's scoring midway through the second period with a one-timer from the right point after a feed from Todd Robinson at the left circle. Dominic Leveille then made it a 2-0 lead on a penalty shot goal with just over four minutes remaining in the frame. Leveille snapped a wrist shot past Pagliero off the left goal-post for the score.
Kyle Radke's centering feed to the front of the net was scored by Zak McClellan to cut the Odessa lead in half less than two minutes later. Todd Robinson extended the Jackalopes' lead back to two when he deflected Pierce's shot from the right point with just 24 seconds remaining in the period.
Tomas Klempa scored just six seconds later for the Bees to close the second period with a 3-2 score, favoring Odessa, and ending a streak of four goals scored by the two teams in a 4:08 span.
The Bees scored a pair of third period, power play goals from Aaron Lewicki and Radke to take their first lead of the night before Pierce's tally forced the extra period.
Michel Robinson made his Jackalopes debut in net with 35 saves, while Pagliero finished with 37 stops for the Bees. Todd Robinson led all skaters in the game with a three-point night, his third straight multi-point game and his fifth of the season.
Mike Ramsay and Robinson each scored for the Jackalopes in the shootout, while Klempa and Aaron Lee scored for the Bees along with Wilson.
The shootout loss puts Odessa's record at 2-5-1 on the season. Rio Grande Valley improved to 4-2-2.
Odessa and Rio Grande Valley finish up their two-game set on Saturday with a 7:30 PM CST puck drop. The action can be heard on Classic Rock 102.1 FM.
The Odessa Jackalopes are the Central Hockey League affiliate for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team will begin its 14th season in the Permian Basin in October 2010. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.
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